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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: May 31, 2011 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

Reviewer: pleasanthillbilly - 5 stars - May 1, 2007
Subject: the "ice cream" show
This show was my first exposure to the Dead. Kesey had recently returned to Oregon and this show followed. What a wild and insane night it was, with free ice cream cones (perhaps adding some to the insanity!). I have this vague memory of Pig Pen throwing a tire off the stage to someone in the audience! This show shaped my ideas of what "real" Dead music should sound like and now, listening to it again, older and having seen and heard a plethoria of Dead shows (and without the ice cream!) it still rings through as one of their best...a truly great show!


Today's this day in history from the University of Oregon is one of my very favorite shows of 1969; one of those shows I can turn to no matter what mood I'm in.

Unfortunately things do start off a little rough on the first couple songs - the band sounds lost during Hard To Handle. It is quickly aborted for Cold Rain and Snow, which doesn't go a whole lot better, but they make up for it with some fiery jamming.

The show really starts to take off with an incredibly intense The Other One; this version is wild, loose, and rambling, but never loses momentum. Crypitcal Repise segues into possibly the best Sittin’ on Top of The World these ears have ever heard. Garica’s second solo just hits a whole new level in this song.

Several other renditions in this set are possible ‘best-ever’ candidates: Hurts Me Too, Turn on Your Lovelight, and Baby Blue. But the He Was a Friend of Mine is absolutely stunning, the playing some of Garcia most emotional ever.

And then of course, there’s the Dark Star, one of my favorites of this year. Well, it just doesn't get much more psychedelic than this one folks, it's so good even Babbs feels the need to join in!

I can't wait to listen to this again today...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-31.sbd.oleynick.76.sbeok.shnf


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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: May 31, 2011 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

Agree with pretty much everything. One of my favorite shows of the year. Crypt > TOO, Baby Blue, and Friend of Mine are the highlights for me, but it's all good. The cuts at the end (Doin That Rag & Cosmic Charlie) are rather tragic.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jun 1, 2011 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

TOO is my personal favorite. Jerry's guitar is as wild as I've ever heard it. I think this version is actually comparable to the 5/2/70 one

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jun 1, 2011 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

wow, that's a bold statement, but i would not argue with it...it's definitely one of my very favorites, along with 2/7/69 and 10/12/68

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: May 31, 2011 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

yah those cuts really do hurt, I would especially love to hear what the CC was like. even worse is the cut in Crypical :(

this show would be even more amazing without them, but somehow i still can't get enough of it.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: May 31, 2011 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

I forgot about the cut in Crypt > TOO. I remember a sick version though.

As I look through the set-list, I'm just remembering now that I nearly gave this show the boot after the first 4 tunes. Now that would have been tragic.

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Poster: vapors Date: May 31, 2011 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

Listened to this yesterday (Dark Star twice) as I was pondering a post myself.
Dave Franks master class really drove home some musical notions that had been floating around my mind (between the ears) since all the music theory I studied in high school. Things I kind of knew, and could feel and hear (and play) but couldn’t quite explain if pressed. Truly enhanced my listening and playing.

The ability of a great musician to blaze off into improvised bliss is a wonder to behold, and to experience an entire combo (our boys) achieve such scope together, as with this awesome Dark Star, is just really far out!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 31, 2011 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Ice Cream Show

Love this show. I was considering a TDIH post this morning but got lost doing other things. This show crackles and pops with energy.